Anglican bishop charges militants to embrace peace

BISHOP of the Diocese of Kaduna, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Right Reverend Timothy Yahaya, has charged the Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups to embrace peace and dialogue.

He made this known at the end of the 20th synod of the diocese held at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, Kaduna State, on Friday.

Bishop Yahaya disclosed that the theme of this year’s synod was “Righteousness Exalts,” based on Proverbs 14:35a.

Commenting further, he said the synod condemned, in strong terms, the vandalism of oil pipelines and called  on all aggrieved groups to lay down their arms and come to the dialogue table.

On the grazing bill, Bishop Yahaya observed that there were no laws in Nigeria that protected a particular tribe and its business, noting that the passing of the grazing bill would mean that some people and their businesses were more important than others.

He also commended the efforts of the present administration in trying to revitalise the economy.

Meanwhile, the Anglican bishop of Gusau Diocese, Right Reverend John Garba Danbinta, has said that respect for religion and tolerating one another, regardless of one’s faith was a fundamental key that guarantees peaceful and religious co-existence.

He disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Kaduna on Friday, preparatory to the sixth synod which holds today and is hosted by St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Talata Mafara, Zamfara State.